By Philadelphia Young Playwrights
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Mouthful places teens and youth at the center of important conversations, adding their voices and perspectives to the discussions that surround our daily lives at home, in the workplace, and in the community. From sexuality and gender to policing and addiction, each episode focuses on a new topic inspired by a student-written dramatic monologue. We listen to the monologue performed by a professional actor, talk to the teen about why they wrote it, and then journey out into the community to broaden the conversation.
||ExplicitEpisode 20: Restore My Brotherly Love LIVE||A monologue written from the perspective of Philadelphia, imploring its citizens to put down the guns, starts a conversation about gun violence. Featuring conversations with Tyler Riddick, a senior at the U School who wrote the monologue after her frien||6/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: Adam||A monologue about a young man who is turned away from his first job interview starts a conversation about how we treat individuals on the autism spectrum and how we prepare them for work and independence. Featuring conversations with Dylan Henry, a soph||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Who Am I?||A monologue about a young woman grappling with her identity after a friend is attacked starts a conversation about being Muslim in America. Featuring conversations with the writer Ruya Erkut, a freshman at George Washington Carver, and her mother, Ebru||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: Breaking Barriers||A monologue about a young man sharing some news with his mother starts a conversation about coming out. Featuring conversations with Lisbet Espinal, a sophomore at the Philadelphia Military Academy, who wrote “Breaking Barriers” to address a problem||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 16: War Paint||A monologue about claiming and reclaiming power over one's body starts a conversation about sexual harassment. Featuring conversations with Dori Hoffman, a high school junior who wrote her monologue "War Paint" after four years of silence about her own||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 15: The Initiation||A monologue about a girl getting her period for the first time starts a conversation about puberty, menstruation, and what it means to enter the next stage of your life. Featuring conversations with Kaltra Zabiku, whose monologue "The Initiation" inspir||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 14: A Last Stroll Through Pain||A monologue about young Chinese American grappling with her cultural identity and embarrassment about her inability to speak Chinese starts a conversation about the challenges of being a first generation American. Featuring conversations with Donna Zhan||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 13: Pressing My Issues LIVE||A monologue about the stresses of being a teenager starts a conversation about teen stress and teen resilience. Recorded live at the Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake, this episode features conversations with: Brittany Blythe, a senior at Lankenau High||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 12: Pretension Detention||A monologue questioning the value of a classroom discussion starts a conversation about learning. Featuring conversations with Ericka Morris, a former teacher and curriculum specialist, Tamir D. Harper, a senior at Science Leaderships Academy and co-fou||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 11: Addiction||A monologue written from the perspective of a cigarette starts a conversation about addiction. Featuring conversations with Charmira Nelson, who wrote the monologue while struggling with a secret addiction to cigarettes when she was a junior in high sch||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBonus Episode: LIVE SHOW||A monologue about a young man and his family facing eviction starts a conversation about housing instability, youth homelessness, and aging out of the system. Featuring conversations with Selena Ortiz, a young woman currently in the system, and Dr. Niki||7/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Autism Speaks||A monologue about a sister saying goodbye to her severely autistic older brother starts a conversation about autism spectrum disorder. Featuring conversations with Lisa Gardner, a mechanical engineering student whose monologue was written at a time when||6/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Diagnosis||A monologue about a young woman at the therapist following the death of her brother starts a conversation about grief, death of a sibling, and loss. Featuring conversations with Taliya Carter whose monologue draws upon her interest in psychology as wel||6/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Better Technology, Horrible Connection||A monologue about a relationship in peril because of another relationship--with a phone--starts a conversation about social media, technology, and the ways we communicate. Featuring conversations with a group of high school students from the Academy at||6/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Fine Dining||A monologue about a fast food worker starts a conversation about jobs. Featuring a conversation with Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend, President &CEO of the Philadelphia Youth Network, man on the street interviews, and worst job experiences from the production||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Not Ready||A monologue about a young black man encouraging his friend to pursue higher education starts a conversation about black male engagement. Featuring a conversation with "The Tribe," four young black men whose bond helped them thrive at Philadelphia's acad||5/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExtended Play: Stop & Frisk||On April 15th, 18-year-old Dubois Stewart was on his way home from community service. A police car pulled up behind him. He was stopped and frisked. “I was terrified.” Dubois said in an interview with Mouthful for our episode on community policing.||5/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Pedestals||A monologue about a young black woman who is expelled from school for standing up to racism starts a conversation about the high expectations and double standards imposed on students of color in majority-white institutions. Featuring an interview with A||5/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Neighborhood Blue||A monologue about a Latina woman who is confronted by the police in her home starts a conversation about community policing and law enforcement. Featuring conversations with the writer, a young Afro-Latina woman, Michael J. Chitwood, Superintendent of t||5/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Misunderstanding, Didn't Understand||A comedic monologue about a young man faced with the prospect of losing his virginity after a date starts a conversation about masculinity and the expectations we put on boys. Featuring conversations with Alex, a 17 year old high school senior who finds||4/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2: Comfort||A monologue about a young woman with an eating disorder begins a conversation about who is at risk, what to look out for, and how to get better. Featuring conversations with a young Latinx female, whose personal experience with an eating disorder challe||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 1: One Hundred Sleepless Nights||A monologue about a young transgender man starts a conversation about gender identity. Featuring interviews with three trans and non-binary young people and trans actor and activist Scott Turner Schofield.||4/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Enlightening, invigorating, and brave
1060's slogan is "you give us 22 minutes, we'll give you the world." But in Mouthful's 22 minutes I learned so much about the world I live in and care about, and the next generation who will care for our world. Thank you for this real news, this beautiful work.
Mouthful is oral history it is public art and social commentary led by the voices and experiences of Philadelphias young people. I strongly recommend that we all listen and learn.
So Glad I Found This
Very powerful. As a mom of two teens, I enjoyed the insight into what kids these days are thinking. Looking forward to future episodes.